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Old 03-04-2017, 04:51 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Composer quotes

Some thoughts for the day!
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:15 PM   #2
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I especially like the one from Brahms: "Without craftmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind."
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Old 03-04-2017, 11:20 PM   #3
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I wanted to see a Beethoven quote but they did not include one. But I do like the Mendelssohn quote.

EDIT: may as well add a Beethoven quote here then:

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"I do not like to be accompanied" - Thalberg on the suggestion he play a duet with Liszt.
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“I have long been thinking of abandoning these nonsensical terms allegro, andante, adagio, presto, and Mälzel’s metronome gives us the best opportunity to do so. I give you my word here and now that I will never use them again in any of my new compositions.” (Letter to Hofrat von Mosel, 1817)

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Old 03-09-2017, 06:36 PM   #6
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"The true artist has no pride; unhappily he realizes that art
has no limitations, he feels darkly how far he is from the goal,
and while, perhaps he is admired by others, he grieves that he
has not yet reached the point where the better genius shall
shine before him like a distant sun."

(Beethoven to an admirer ten years old.)
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:33 PM   #7
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This is not a quote from a composer but from a distinguished writer:

"Beethoven always sounds to me like the upsetting of a bag of nails, with here and there an also dropped hammer."

No less a person than John Ruskin wrote these words and why should we ordinary mortals argue with such perspicacity? One wonders which work he was referring to. (Or as an elegant writer like Ruskin would put it: "to which he was referring.")
As we all know, a preposition is something you should never end a sentence with!

"Bag of Nails"? I haven't checked his timelines but was it the Grosse Fugue he was referring to......I mean to which he was referring. Watch out for those prepositions!

I am torn between writers and composers!
But I trust composers.

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